In 2014 Gilles Peterson filmed a feature-length documentary on Brazilian music. Titled“Brasil Bam Bam Bam” the filmed was release today to coincide with the opening ceremony of Brazil’s 2016 Olympics.
The film gives us a snapshot of contemporary Brazilian music, reflecting a more in depth view of the sounds of the country, one that has been stereotyped for many years as a bossa nova and samba only culture.
Gilles recently published the film on his Facebook page adding: “In 2014, I went to Brazil to make an album with some of my favourite musicians working there right now. Meeting with the likes of Elza Soares, Ed Motta and Marcos Valle, it was an amazing experience and was what led to the first Sonzeira album.
While we were there, we also made a documentary to trace the roots running up to the contemporary and show that there’s more to Brazil than bossa nova! And there was obviously a fair bit of digging through Rio’s record shops too…
With the Olympics kicking off in Brazil tonight, it seems like the perfect time to make the film available online for the first time. Excited to share with you.”
Gilles Peterson is a British-based DJ and host on BBC Radio 6Music.
Watch the entire film below.